Marie Kondo’s Netflix series “Tidying Up“ easily became one of the few shows I rewatch on streaming networks. *cues side eye* I know what you’re thinking. That show cannot possess much more content than the first time. However, I believe it does. Not only do I feel more at peace when her tasks are completed; I believe my brain finds another way to make itself more calm. It might sound crazy but for me, this started with just one aspect of my apartment: my closet.
Now, I don’t have a lot of space for clothing compared to my parents house. The only reason I fit my clothes in my closet during undergrad stemmed from driving an hour an half home and staying the weekend. My parents didn’t make me take all my stuff so I had more space for more clutter. The items in my closet define themselves as clutter moreso because 1) clothes were accompanied with tags 2) I possessed an obnoxious habit of only being able to wear things once 3) I thought I saved much better than I realized. WRONG!
I started from scratch. I took everything off a hanger, which configured to one massive pile. I automatically took out items that I knew I loved and wore pretty often. I put those on a hanger and took a 30 minute break. I returned to look at my smaller pile of clothes to determine between maybe and no. My no pile was a lot larger than I though AND a lot of those clothes still had tags on them 🌚 (thank Jesus for receipts). I automatically put those clothes in a bag to return IMMEDIATELY. I took another 30 minute break to return to my maybe pile and really decide what I felt like me in, not what brought me joy.
WAIT?! Doesn’t Marie Kondo say keep items that bring you joy? Yes, she does, but for me, I realized clothes were always an impulse buy and I needed to focus on what items that supported what I wanted to look like and feel comfortable in. Looking back on old pictures, I am very minimal classic when it comes to clothing. Knowing that, I was able to make my closet so much more organized.
During quarantine, online shopping stemmed as the #1 hobby for those who were financially able. As tempting as it was to redo my entire apartment with things that looked cute, I actually went through every section of my 600 sq ft home and made it my mission to create a space that creates peace for me. The bathroom received its complete revamp and organization. While “Getting Organized with the Home Edit” had not appeared as a new Netflix fave, I knew that 1) I stepped away from consistently dolling up others for a while 2) some things reached their expiration. I continued to use a faulty sink faucet and shower head, needed to rid of the old shower curtain and liner while investing in floor mats that actually stopped my entire floor from being drenched. I placed work orders to my landlord and continued to think about the bathroom setup I wanted AND could maintain.
Makeup for women easily loses the focus of organization. The order I powered through my makeup:
- expired and broken items
- faulty brushes and sponges
- palettes by brand
- palettes by usage (remaining in brand groups)
- miscellaneous items (q-tips, clips, tweezers, etc.)
The process timed shorted than my closet because most things I had used. Makeup palettes contain expiration dates, too. Follow the holding time (most times 12-24 months) in every time you have. Since May 2020, I have tackled every area of my home. Focusing on one part every two weeks (mostly because I could distract myself during Zoom Meetings). I have now organized my TV stand/bookshelf, all kitchen cabinets and my food storage, old files and even the junk drawer!
While I continue to wait for my complete Home Edit remodel for my first home, I am elated to have started a journey that has now transpired in every part of my life, EVEN THE CLASSROOM! No more just getting stuff because it looks cute (I know some of my teacher-friends may cringe), but functionality remains important! My high schoolers do better with systems and zones because we all know what happens when there isn’t.
More lifestyle posts to come!